I do remember them, though I don’t have their albums. “Sub Rosa Subway” and “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Crafts” are great songs.
But the group was done in by their hype. When their album came out, someone had the bright idea of making the suggestion that maybe they were actually the Beatles in disguise. So they got a blip of “Are they or aren’t they?” publicity (the album had no pictures or names on it), but once that was over, people felt like they had been tricked and ignored them. It was second only to Brinsley Schwartz* as the wrong way to start out a group’s career.
*A British band whose members included Nick Lowe. Their publicist had the bright idea of flying British critics to the Filmore East to see them perform the songs on their first album. The group was delayed by visa problems and had no chance to rehearse before the concert. The plane flying the critics developed engine trouble, and there was a serious chance of a crash. The critics landed in NYC, four hours late, and extremely drunk or hung over, and not very happy about risking their lives for a rock act. The group, unable to rehearse, played poorly. They were savaged in the media and their first album sunk without a trace. Luckily, they got a new start as a pub band and a modest success.
I had one album, i think it must have been the first one[callinginterplanetary craft was on it as I recall=)]
It was a christmas present - I liked it well enough but not nough to buy any more of thir stuff, it was too beatles sounding. Nothing against the beatles but I really never liked their overall styles, I am more of a heavy metal type=) though my brother and I had a record player and out first record was the 45 for “she loves me” though for the life of me I have no idea what the B side song was, I only remember us playing the A side.
LOL, you think that is bad, try finding a copy of Billy Mitchell’s “Might Be Hope” album. Apparently his name isnt billy mitchell despite what it says on teh cover…I had a copy and some asshat who burgled my flat took half my vinyl, and this was one of the ones that went=(
Hell, right now I would settle for bootleg MP3s if I could get them…it was a gift from a now dead exboyfriend and was very sentimental for me=(
Why, yes I have! I’ve got all the vinyl LPs. I eagerly anticipated their albums when they came out and was more disappointed as time went on. I still love the first 3 albums, but the corporate machine broke them down and they lost their focus. The last album, Magentalane, was a decent swan song but didn’t stand up to the first 2. Being 12 when I got their first album and loving the next few, this was my favourite band as a young teen. Imagine my shock to discover I’d missed live performances of the band just minutes away from my home! Hard to believe that I survived my teenage years without the internet.
So I found the website a few years ago and have checked it out every few months. They’ve had some get-togethers of the fan base and those affiliated with the band. I had considered going, but after seeing the pictures of the event in a guys suburban back yard, I didn’t feel comfortable. I now see that they have announced a Konvention on May 6-9 just 20 minutes from my house. I would love to go…IF I HADN"T JUST BOOKED A FLIGHT TO ENGLAND FOR MAY 2-24! AAAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHH!